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- Trump may label antifa a terror group | Public Radio International August 22, 2019
- Returning in chains | Public Radio International – The World August 22, 2019
- PRI’s The World | Slavery’s unresolved history August 22, 2019
- The great unbundling – Economics focus August 22, 2019
- The Amazon is burning and Brazilians are blaming President Bolsonaro August 22, 2019
- Why renewables can’t save the planet | Michael Shellenberger | TEDxDanubia August 22, 2019
- Trump’s Trade War (full film) | FRONTLINE August 22, 2019
- Is sustainable development a luxury we can’t afford? – Desmond Tutu responds August 22, 2019
- Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems August 22, 2019
- China tells Canada to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs August 22, 2019
- Trump Tweets About Disloyal Jews, Then Tweets He’s “King of Israel” August 22, 2019
- Amazon burning: Smoke travels nearly 3000 km to black out Sao Paulo in middle of the day August 22, 2019
- Amazon fires: Brazil’s president v conservationists – BBC News August 22, 2019
- Trump Under Fire After Comments About Jewish Americans – The Day That Was | MSNBC August 22, 2019
- The Amazon is Burning at a Record Rate August 22, 2019
- Coal Industry’s Decline Hits Nation’s Largest Producer August 22, 2019
- Blastoff! Russian Humanoid Robot Launches to Space Station August 22, 2019
- Trump’s Denmark visit cancellation shocks Danish government August 22, 2019
- Blastoff! Russian Humanoid Robot Launches to Space Station August 22, 2019
- Why does the US have 800 military bases around the world? August 21, 2019
- Brazil Fires: Sao Paulo Goes Dark as Smoke from Amazon Fires Blankets City August 21, 2019
- Jair Bolsonaro’s provocative views in six clips August 21, 2019
- Hong Kong protesters clash with police at subway station August 21, 2019
- Jair Bolsonaro claims NGOs may be setting Amazon rainforest on fire August 21, 2019
- China’s Race to the Top: A History of Economic Growth August 21, 2019
- Portland Rejects Proud Boys & Other Ultra-Right Groups as Trump Tries to Criminalize Antifa August 21, 2019
- Averting Crisis: American strategy, military spending and collective defence in the Indo-Pacific — United States Studies Centre August 21, 2019
- Neocon anti-China report exposed by RT (Full show) August 21, 2019
- “If we don’t work together, we are going to die together” – Roger Hallam | Extinction Rebellion August 21, 2019
- Chandrayaan-2: India spacecraft begins orbiting Moon – BBC News August 21, 2019
- Nasa confirms ocean moon mission – BBC News August 21, 2019
- Fracking: UK shale reserves may be smaller than previously estimated – BBC News August 21, 2019
- Hong Kong Protests Continue | Plugged In with Greta Van Susteren August 21, 2019
- How China Is Framing the Hong Kong Protests | NYT News August 21, 2019
- Amazon Wildfires Spark Fears of Environmental Disaster as São Paulo Goes Dark fr om Smoke August 21, 2019
- The 1619 Project: A Nation Born in Contradiction, a Democracy Defined by Black Struggle August 21, 2019
- Western media suspicious as Russian nuclear monitoring sites go silent August 21, 2019
- Leading from the front: financing urgent ambition August 21, 2019
- India floods: Monsoon rains destroy homes and farms August 21, 2019
- Are we heading for a global recession? – BBC Newsnight August 21, 2019
- Leading from the front: responding with urgency to the climate emergency August 21, 2019
- Live: NASA spacewalkers install new docking port NASA宇航员太空行走装适配器 August 21, 2019
- Trump cancels Denmark visit over Greenland sale spat August 20, 2019
- Amazon fires: Brazilian rainforest burning at record rate, space agency warns – BBC News August 20, 2019
- Corporations pledge to prioritize employees and environment – Marketplace August 20, 2019
- The new battle for North Pole supremacy – VPRO documentary August 20, 2019
- The battle against climate change by Paul Kingsnorth – Documentary August 20, 2019
- Paul Kingsnorth Interview with North Central Texas College August 20, 2019
- Paul Kingsnorth – King Of The Moment August 20, 2019
- Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and Other Essays: Paul Kingsnorth August 20, 2019
Daily Archives: December 20, 2015
In the photo: Glaciologist Jason Box, left, at work on the Petermann Glacier on Greenland’s northwest coast, which has lost mass at an accelerated pace in recent years. Box and his family left Ohio State for Europe a couple years ago, and he is relieved to have escaped America’s culture of climate-change denial (Photo: Nick Cobbing).
Among many climate scientists, gloom has set in. Things are worse than we think, but they can’t really talk about it.
The incident was small, but Jason Box doesn’t want to talk about it. He’s been skittish about the media since it happened. This was last summer, as he was reading the cheery blog posts transmitted by the chief scientist on the Swedish icebreaker Oden, which was exploring the Arctic for an international expedition led by Stockholm University. “Our first observations of elevated methane levels, about ten times higher than in background seawater, were documented . . . we discovered over 100 new methane seep sites…. The weather Gods are still on our side as we steam through a now ice-free Laptev Sea….”
As a leading climatologist who spent many years studying the Arctic at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State, Box knew that this breezy scientific detachment described one of the nightmare long-shot climate scenarios: a feedback loop where warming seas release methane that causes warming that releases more methane that causes more warming, on and on until the planet is incompatible with human life. And he knew there were similar methane releases occurring in the area. On impulse, he sent out a tweet.
The tweet immediately went viral, inspiring a series of headlines:
CLIMATOLOGIST SAYS ARCTIC CARBON RELEASE COULD MEAN “WE’RE FUCKED.”
CLIMATE SCIENTIST DROPS THE F-BOMB AFTER STARTLING ARCTIC DISCOVERY.
CLIMATOLOGIST: METHANE PLUMES FROM THE ARCTIC MEAN WE’RE SCREWED.
The French government has stated that the COP21 climate summit will begin as scheduled at the end of November, but police have barred the huge planned marches and protests. Credit Photograph by Chesnot/Getty
Soon after the horrific terror attacks in Paris, last Friday, our phones filled with messages from friends and colleagues: “So are they going to cancel the Paris climate summit?” “The drums of war are beating. Count on climate change being drowned out.” The assumption is reasonable enough. While many politicians pay lip service to the existential urgency of the climate crisis, as soon as another more immediate crisis rears its head—war, a market shock, an epidemic—climate reliably falls off the political map.
After the attacks, the French government stated that the COP21 climate summit would begin as scheduled at the end of November. Yet the police have just barred the huge planned marches and protests, effectively silencing the voices of people who are directly affected by these high-level talks. And it’s hard to see how sea-level rise and parched farmland—tough media sells at the best of times—will have a hope of competing with rapid military escalation and calls for fortressed borders.
All of this is perfectly understandable. When our safety feels threatened, it’s difficult to think of anything else. Major shocks like the Paris attacks are awfully good at changing the subject. But what if we decided to not let it happen? What if, instead of changing the subject, we deepened the discussion of climate change and expanded the range of solutions, which are fundamental for real human security? What if, instead of being pushed aside in the name of war, climate action took center stage as the planet’s best hope for peace?